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Dark Roots

By Cate Kennedy

Dark Roots
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  • Paperback: Feb 2008,
    224 pages.

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Paperback Original. Devastating, evocative, and richly comic, this arresting collection introduces a new master of the short story

Dark Roots is a remarkable collection of short stories, and a sure bet for a good weekend read. Cate Kennedy's writing is sharp; her details are meaningful but not meandering, her dialogue spot-on and funny but also totally believable, the plot lines dramatic, but so well crafted that your trust never wavers. Writing about predicaments we're curious about (fatal accidents, murder, drug smuggling, infidelity, sabotage, unwanted pregnancies), Kennedy anchors her high-stakes plotlines in the most familiar emotions, making generous, unmanipulative stories that pull the reader in for thrills and revelations. Whether writing in first, second, or third person, about a fed-up-housewife or a disturbed nine year old boy, Kennedy hits the mark from the very first line, nailing the subtleties in tone, details, and dialogue.

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